Thanks to @PMOIndia for another episode of an unnecessary lecture that could have been a press release. Reversal of vax policy seems to be result of SC's order. Although blame of a terrible vaccine policy has been put on states, it's Modi who failed to ensure vax supply 1/n
Modi put politics before saving lives. Did it create horrible "liberalised" vaccine policy just to insult states? It's always chosen gimmicks over efforts to increase vax production. Forget everything else, only question for PM is why's there such large shortage of vaccines? 2/n
Till April, no money was spent on ramping up vaccine production. If there are no vaccines, it does not matter who procures it. Not surprisingly, private hospitals will continue to have 25% quota so that rich have ‘VIP queue’, while poor have to wait for vaccine availability 3/n
Modi congratulated himself for vaccinating frontline staff "in time". Of 30cr priority group that had to be vaccinated only 10% were vaccinated by early May. We need ~60 crore doses to vax them by July. Currently we get only ~8cr doses/month @PMOIndia failed in basic math 4/n
Modi congratulated himself that India is vaccinating people better than many countries & we're even being appreciated for COWIN. As long as he gets foreign validation, he doesn't care about saving lives. The only test that matters is how many Indians are fully vaccinated? >4% 5/n
How can one take pride in COWIN? What purpose does it serve? It's a lottery. Till recently it was only available in English, a language understood by a small minority. It excludes women, poor, rural Indians & majority who don’t have internet. Why stop walk-in vaccination? 6/n
Lastly it is good that Modi has pointed out that many people have spread propaganda against vaccines. Hope his govt takes action against such people & punishes Ministers who are always at the service of such anti-science people. 7/n

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30 May
Telganana's Cabinet will be meeting today to discuss the extension of lockdown. I must reiterate my opposition. It's not a strategy to combat COVID-19. It APPEARS as a "hard on pandemic" strategy but all it does is destroy the lives of poor. 1/5
As data shows, COVID cases were already reducing much much before lockdown was imposed on 12th May. It's quite clear that it's not lockdown that helped. It's also clear that COVID can be combatted without lockdown 2/5
We have to accept that the pandemic is a long term reality. One can combat it only by educating the public about mask use & social distancing, and tweaking govt policies to encourage and enable such lifestyle change. 3/5
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27 May
उ.प्र के खतौली, मुजफ्फरनगर में मस्जिद को SDM इन्द्रकांत द्विवेदी ने शहीद कर दिया।मस्जिद वक़्फ़ की ज़मीन पर बनाई गयी थी।5 महीनों से मस्जिद में नमाज़ अदा की जा रही थी।लॉकडाउन में भी नमाज़ पढ़ी जा रही थी।मस्जिद को शहीद करने से पहले मुतवल्ली से वक़्फ़ के काग़ज़ात तक नहीं मांगे गए 1/4
बाराबंकी के बाद ये दूसरी मस्जिद है जो उ.प्र में शहीद कर दी गयी है। बाराबंकी में मस्जिद को शहीद इस बहाने से किया गया की मस्जिद सरकारी ज़मीन पर बनी है हालांकि मस्जिद के ज़िम्मेदारों के पास वक़्फ़ के तमाम काग़ज़ात थे। 2/4
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10 Apr
| @MamataOfficial's celebrated poll strategist is speaking his fact-free mind here. Instead of introspecting on how she allowed majoritarian communalism to take root in Bengal, he chooses to scapegoat Muslims for her failures. Muslims are 27% of the state BUT... [1/n]
....have only 6% govt jobs, only 11% of students in higher education are Muslims & 80% of rural Muslims earn less than ₹5k. 6 worst performing districts on healthcare have a Muslim population share of more than 25%. But their share in prison population is 37%. [2/n]
People in Malda, Murshidabad, etc have to drink arsenic contaminated water. These are fruits of "blatant appeasement". The Left's mistreatment of Muslims is recorded by Kundu & Sachar Committee. Their most famous land reforms didn't reach Muslims. 3/4th of them are landless [3/n]
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8 Apr
The legality of this order is doubtful. In Babri judgement SC said “A finding of title cannot be based in law on the archaeological findings which have been arrived at by ASI..." ASI has acted as a midwife to all kinds of Hindutva lies, no one expects objectivity from it 1/n
|@AIMPLB_Official and Masjid Committee must IMMEDIATELY appeal before this order & get this rectified. ASI is only likely to perpetrate a fraud & history will be repeated as was done in the case of Babri. No person has any right whatsoever to change nature of a masjid 2/n
It is clear that the people who committed the "egregious criminal act" of demolishing Babri Masjid have been emboldened & will not stop at anything to take India back to violence of 1980s-90s & constant bickering over fictitious "history". 3/n
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2 Apr
On 30 April 2002, as Gujarat was burning & victims were still in camps, Lok Sabha was discussing a motion to condemn Gujarat pogrom. @MamataOfficial voted against it & for BJP

Did she sell off Gujarat's victims for a price, for free or for a ministerial position?

Only criminal gangs divide up territories between themselves & attack each other when someone enters. Since I'm not part of this criminal syndicate, it's natural that @MamataOfficial is rattled

You can't buy people who have no Gotra. You can't scare people who know no fear 2/n
Apart from saying "BJP aajayega", what exactly have you done for Bengal's Muslims?

15% of Bengal's Muslims are outside formal education (3rd highest after UP & Bihar)
80% live on less than ₹5000
38.3% in rural Bengal earn ₹2500
More than 3/4 Muslims have no land

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16 Mar
Spoke in Lok Sabha to oppose the Demand for Grants of Ministry of Education because there have been no steps in 6 years to improve the state of education for Muslim minorities or to reduce their drop out rate. The literacy rate of Muslims is 68.5% vs the national rate 74.04% 1/n
Muslim female literacy rate is 62% vs overall rate of 65.44%. @EduMinOfIndia data says that Muslim enrolment in primary & higher education is only 13.14%. #AISHE says that there are only 19.5 lakh Muslims in higher education. This is only 5.23% of total enrolment 2/n
|@PMOIndia patronisingly wanted to give Qur'an in one hand & computer in another to Muslims. But 2018-19 data says only 16% Muslim households have computers which is 2nd lowest. Only 32% households have internet also the 2nd lowest, only 38% have ability to operate a computer 3/n
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